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Types of Cloud: Public, Private, Hybrid

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Many organizations are increasingly using the cloud to store their data, their applications, and even their computing infrastructure. They may use a private cloud that their organization owns, a public cloud space run by a third party, or a hybrid model. Each kind of cloud has advantages as well as limitations.  

What Are the Different Types of Cloud?

Public cloud is a computing model where an organization hires a provider to manage their on-demand computing services and infrastructure. This provider offers computing resources for a monthly or pay-per-use fee purchase, and multiple organizations typically share the resources.

Private cloud means the computing resources are dedicated and proprietary, and the underlying hardware layer is separate from all others. An organization might use their own data center, a colocation facility, or a private cloud provider. 

A hybrid cloud model uses a combination of private cloud and public cloud to create a flexible mix of cloud computing. Hybrid cloud computing extends infrastructure and operations to consistently respond to an organization’s needs.

What Do the Different Cloud Choices Offer?

Public cloud service providers offer ease of access, cost effectiveness, and optional services. Organizations often rely on public cloud services for storing data or for less-sensitive applications. 

The private cloud offers more control and better security, but the end-user organization is usually responsible for the ongoing maintenance, upgrades, and software management. 

When organizations combine private and public cloud resources to create a hybrid cloud, they choose a mix of services to fit their needs, gaining the flexibility to shift applications and data between different clouds as operations and costs change.

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An effective cloud strategy is crucial to meet today’s demands: 

  • Availability of critical applications and data
  • Cloud and data protection
  • Performance Management
  • Mobility 
  • Pricing 

Meeting these demands often requires the ability to move workloads between multiple clouds with zero impediments or interruptions. With Zerto’s combined disaster recovery, backup, and workload mobility, you can easily migrate and protect application and data workloads. Whether on-premises or between hybrid and multi-cloud platforms, Zerto can help your organization realize the true potential of the cloud.

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